Hello friends! I’ve been laying low since Saturday because I hurt my back jogging 6 miles. I’m sure it was a combination of things…sleeping on a bed in the basement a couple of weeks ago (where it’s cooler) that didn’t agree with my back; having bad posture when I sit at the computer (so my neck has been bothering me for some time); and jogging 14 miles within four days. My husband would’ve liked to blame it on my propensity to pick up men…
It all started in Cancun in 1987 with a pirate (notice his eye patch). I remember him saying “Big Woman”, but he didn’t speak much English.
There were more guys who were picked up during the time between the pirate and my son’s friend below (who is 6’4″ tall) in 2008, but I don’t have photos.
A Peruvian guy who didn’t speak English (at Lake Titicaca in 2009) and didn’t see it coming…
A Bushman from Botswana a few months ago (who also didn’t speak English). There is a bit of a trend going on here.
A security guard in Namibia, Africa a few months ago.
And a guy I didn’t know a few weeks ago at a party. But he spoke English!
Anyway, I just got back from having my back and neck adjusted by my girlfriend Dee (who is a Chiropractor). She has a new instrument called an Impulse IQ Adjusting Gun. They don’t have to twist you into a pretzel any more to crack you! And I noticed a difference right away!
Anyway, the first day was the worst. I couldn’t move without pain and I started thinking about all of the people in the world that have conditions limiting their mobility, or perhaps who are old and can’t get around very well and felt empathy! Also, one-third of Americans are obese and have severe problems because of that.
I have always been interested in health and fitness. It began during my time in the military. When you’re forced to exercise starting at the impressionable age of 18, it becomes a way of life. Now at the age of 54–I jog, hike, bike, dance, do yoga, water-ski, snow-ski, and any other sport that pops up! Luckily I don’t have any issues with food (i.e. eating when depressed, bored or lonely). I’m 5’11” tall and 150 lbs. The most I’ve weighed is 160 lbs. while living in Germany from the age of 19-21 yrs. old. Those pomme frittes with mayo did it!! The least I’ve weighed was 136 lbs. a few years ago when I was what I call a “fishitarian”–like a vegetarian, but I would also eat fish and sushi and eggs. I didn’t eat many grains or dairy then and I remember how good I felt – not sore from running. Lots of energy.
Yesterday, as I was searching Pinterest for additional healthy recipes I came across the “Paleo” way of eating. I didn’t call it a diet because it’s not something you do just to lose weight and go back to a different way of eating–it’s a lifestyle. Basically you can eat lean meats (steaks, chicken, duck, turkey, pork, fish), fruits, vegetables, sweet potatoes/ yams, nuts, and eggs. No grains/bread, dairy, sugar, alcohol, or processed foods. It derives its name from the cave man…that’s pretty much what they ate back then. They would’ve had a long life span if it hadn’t been for the darn dinosaurs and the lack of doctors!
I love bread and cheese and wine. But, I love to feel good and look good….so I’m going to “eat like a cave man”. As with anything, you can have some of the No/No foods occasionally–it won’t kill you. If you want to find out more about it–this site explains it. I’ll keep you posted.